By: Subrat Das
Bhubaneswar, Sep 28: The brief eight-day-long Monsoon Session of Odisha Assembly commencing from tomorrow is likely to be stormy with both the opposition and treasury benches getting ready for show off.
The Opposition BJP and Congress are ready with the ammunition to attack the state govt on the floor of the Assembly, while the ruling- BJD got itself prepared to counter the Opposition offensive.
The BJP and Congress members met separately to chalk out the strategies to corner the treasury benches over its alleged failure to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and manage the recent flood situation. They also decided to corner the govt over the power tariff hike to be effective from October 1.
“ We will raise the issue of state government failure to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Even this has been admitted by a ruling party MLA,” said Leader of Opposition(LoP) Pradipta Kumar Naik.
Leader of the Congress Legislature party Narasingha Mishra said,” We will highlight the mask and PPE purchase scam by the state government on the floor of the Assembly.” Senior party MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati said they would seek to know the BJD’s stand on Farm Bills passed in the Parliament.
On the other hand, the ruling BJD MLAs attended the party legislature meeting to chalk out their strategies. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who attended the meeting through video conferencing, advised the party MLAs to be present in the house by obeying social distancing norms.
A senior BJD MLA said that they would raise the issues of GST arrears and price rise of essential commodities like—onion, potato, and dal.
The BJP will also raise the issue of the Bagala Dharmasala land scam, new university bill, fertilizer scam, and irregularities in the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and pm PM-KISAN yojana.
Speaker of the Assembly Surya Narayana Patro said every day the house would meet four and a half hours (10.30 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm). The MLAs would sit in the Assembly hall and the visitors’ gallery adhering to social distaining norms.
Holding the Assembly Session amidst coronavirus pandemics has been a challenge for the state government and the Assembly administration. As many as 14 ministers and MLAs have tested positive for COVID-19 during the testing ahead of the Assembly session.